Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow, and Ali Khamenei

Posted by    |    April 19th, 2012 at 6:45 am

New York Knicks Jeremy Lin chases a loose ball in the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Toronto March 23, 2012 (Credit: Reuters/Fred Thornhill)What do Jeremy Lin, Tim Tebow, New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan, and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei have in common?  There are three answers to the question.  First, they are all listed in Time‘s new “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Second, the Religious News Service describes all four as “religious leaders.” Cardinal Dolan makes obvious sense, as does Khamenei.  But who a year ago would have listed Denver’s backup quarterback and New York’s backup point guard as global “religious leaders”?